156 Dogs Seized And 10 Men Arrested In Huge Dog-Fighting Bust

10 people arrested for dog-fighting

Over 150 dogs, who were involved in a huge dog-fighting operation, have been seized from four separate properties in North Carolina. On Wednesday, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) released details about the raid, which resulted in the arrest of 10 North Carolina men, and the seizure of 156 dogs.

According to the release, on Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to a coordinated law enforcement operation, the following individuals were arrested for allegedly engaging in illegal dog-fighting and selling narcotics in the Onslow County area.

Lewis Edmond Andrews, Jr., 41 of Maple Hill
Ronnie Jeremy Thompson, 39 of Jacksonville
William Jay Farrior, a/k/a “Bo”, 36 of Maple Hill
Randall Jacob James, a/k/a “Slim”, 32 of Maple Hill
Mark Anthony West, 52 of Jacksonville
Leo Chadwick, 63 of Hubert
Aaron Richardson, a/k/a “Jit”, 41 of Jacksonville
Cedric Gerard Cook, 38 of Fayetteville
James David Martin, 38 of Maple Hill
James Leslie Golden, III, 46 of Ayden

Andrews, Thompson, West, Chadwick, Richardson, Cook, and Martin were charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Welfare Act. The federal Animal Welfare Act makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to fight dogs or to possess, train, sell, buy, deliver, receive or transport dogs intended for use in dog fighting.

According to the Indictment, as part of the conspiracy, the defendants and their co-conspirators purchased, received, bred, trained, conditioned, transported, and delivered dogs for the purpose of entering them in dog fights. The defendants and their co-conspirators placed bets on animal fighting ventures, sometimes wagering as much as $100,000 on a single fight. Golden was charged with a misdemeanor for attending two dog fights.

Andrews, Farrior, and James are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base (or “crack”), and heroin. West was also charged with distributing cocaine base (or “crack”) within one thousand feet of Jacksonville Senior High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Upon the arrests of the defendants, search warrants were executed on four properties suspected of containing dogs and dog fighting paraphernalia.

The ASPCA is providing temporary care to the seized dogs in temporary shelter at an undisclosed location.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Alicia Oxenhorn says:

    I hope all dogs are being placed with good rescues for a happy new lives.

    Lock the fighters and attendees away for a long while. I hope they are on FBI data base of abusers.

    1. Alicia Oxenhorn says:

      Ignore my typos. Having trouble typing.

  2. Pat says:

    Please do not punish and condemn the innocent dogs because of heartless humans, please!!

  3. Westcoast says:

    Yes so glad to hear of arrests and charges. Please keep the pressure on, particularly those in the area. I am so tired sad and angry to keep reading about the victims, I needed to hear about an arrest. It takes a village folks (unfortunately)

  4. Ginny P says:

    Quite a few missing dogs out of fenced yards here in Wilmington this summer and fall. Wonder if there is a connection.

  5. Donna kroll says:

    Great work. I hope and pray the dogs are ok.

  6. JERRY EDELMAN says:

    The Ontario SPCA is fighting to have 21 dogs KILLED in Canada, that were seized from a suspected dog fighting ring. Despite the fact that several animal rights advocates and an animal sanctuary is fighting to keep them alive and offering at no cost to the government lifetime care for the dogs. The judge in the case has REFUSED to let those advocates become part of the proceedings, which are still on going. So one has to wonder what will THIS ASPCA be doing with these dogs.

    1. Alice says:

      Why kill them when they are given a safe sanctuary??? The SPCA in Canada is no better than the scum they took the dogs from! This Canadian SPCA does not “protect” like they claim, they truly suck!!!!!!

    2. Carrie says:

      The ASPCA evaluates each dog and will place dogs in rescues. They have been doing this for a number of years. The ASPCA was instrumental in helping with the 367 case in 2013. Many of those dogs, who are now adopted, can be followed on facebook and other social media.

    3. Patty says:

      I hate animal abuse and dog fighting with a passion as well as these dogs being put down. However, if I had to choose a continuous life in dog fights or being put down, I would choose for them to be put down. lose lose

  7. T.M. Graves says:

    Dog fighting is about as low as some people go. They are the scum of America !! They should all be shot on sight. These poor dogs never choose to do this for the greed of these POS. STOP IT NOW !!!!

  8. Dwight Bletz says:

    These idiots need to be given the maximum sentence. Mentally disturbed people need to be committed/confined to a mental facility.

  9. Theresa says:

    Thank you.

  10. Donna Payne says:

    This is utterly disgusting and heartbreaking.I hope these sorry excuse for human beings ROT in prison.I don’t understand watching precious dogs hurt and kill each as entertainment. Thank you so very much for all your efforts to help these dogs and for stopping these criminals.

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